Phononic Wins Progressive Grocer Impact Award 2022

October 24, 2022

Phononic was recently named a recipient of the Progressive Grocer Impact Awards for 2022 under the Sustainability/Resource Conservation category.

About the awards:

“The Impact Awards honor exceptionalism in such key areas as Community Service/Local Impact; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Educational Support/Learning Advancement; Ethical Sourcing/Supply Chain Transparency; Food Security/Nutritional Leadership; Sustainability/Resource Conservation; and Workforce Development/Employee Support. This year, Progressive Grocer recognized the incredible efforts of honorees with 33 awards presented to 26 companies that are leading the way in making a tangible difference, whether that means reducing greenhouse-gas emissions across their operations, developing nutritional programs for underserved neighborhoods, or enabling hardworking associates and local customers to realize their educational dreams.”

From the Article:

Phononic’s Intelligent Actively Cooled Tote, built with a solid-state core and designed with thermoelectric cooling technology, is an innovative way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and support climate goals while meeting the demanding performance needs of the market. Available as both a refrigerator and a freezer, the tote protects chilled and frozen food at precise temperatures. It makes quality, safety and freshness possible for grocers while also providing a way to meet critical sustainability mandates.

Using just water mixed with naturally available carbon dioxide as its refrigerant, the tote’s cooling system has a global warming potential (GWP) of 1 or less and is nontoxic and nonflammable. Phononic’s totes work within many different fulfillment systems, including micro-fulfillment centers, grocery curbside, and transport and delivery operations.

Since the tote cools or freezes only the number of customer orders needed, based on demand, it also allows for demand-based energy savings. By leveraging the tote in their fulfillment operations, grocers can achieve an estimated 2.6% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per store by eliminating the need for dry ice in delivery and transport operations (72% of the savings impact), eliminating high-GWP refrigerant leakage (15% of the savings impact), and reducing energy consumption (13% of overall impact).

To view all of the award recipients and read the full article click <here>.